What should I look for in a Probiotic?

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Jen77
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   Posted 7/26/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's time I give these the long haul try. I had some that my GI put me on while on antibiotics. But I don't know if they had everything in them that they should. I was reading an article on it, and seems like there are different kinds? What should I be looking for? Thanks!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


sjkly
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   Posted 7/26/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
You should find some in your local health food store or whole foods etc. Buy the type that need to be refrigerated rather than the pills. They are more effective as probiotics are alive and are more active in that form then dried out and pressed into pills.

Jen77
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   Posted 7/26/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! The ones I had did have to be kept in the fridge. Maybe I'll go tomorrow and pick some more of those up.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


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   Posted 7/26/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm happy with the Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way, they need to be kept in the fridge.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Jen77
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   Posted 7/26/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Would you say they really help you pb4? I've read some things that say studies were mixed in reviews. Figure, what the heck. But I'm really hoping they can make some difference for me! I'll look and see if I can find the one you take, I've seen some Natures way in the stores.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


Keeper
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   Posted 7/26/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
The first consideration is the survival rate of your bacteria. Between 90 and 99.9% of the bacteria in a supplement are destroyed by your digestive juices. The advice about when to take the probiotics to achieve the best survival is conflicting, but the bottle I looked at last said to take them after eating and I have also seen that advice in other places. I have only found one commonly available enteric coated probiotic: "Ultimate Protec Multi Probiotic" by Natural Factors. I think that it is worth the small extra cost to get ten times the viable probiotics into the gut. It was in my local health food store, but you should phone to check since not all stores carry the different brands. It cost $28 for 90 caps (and it needs to be refrigerated). You may be able to find other brands that make an enteric coated probiotic, so ask about that if they don't have the Natural Factors one.
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